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A writer who faced social media backlash for calling out a transit worker eating on a train sued her publisher Friday after it cancelled her book deal over the controversy.
Lawyers for Natasha Tynes filed a suit against publisher Rare Bird Lit., Inc. in Los Angeles County Superior Court, saying the company breached its contract and defamed the Maryland author.
She's seeking $13.4 million in damages.
In May, Tynes tweeted a picture of a female worker eating on a Washington Metro train with the message: 'When you're on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds.'
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When the D.C.-area agency's Twitter account reached out for more information, Tynes replied with the time, the train and the direction it was traveling.
Many Twitter users criticized her for shaming the black worker, despite being a minority writer. Tynes is Jordanian American.
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A transit worker union official said at the time that the black female employee Tynes photographed had been taking a break while going from one job to another.
The union official also noted that Metro Transit police no longer enforce the ban on eating and drinking on trains.
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Tynes later apologized, deleted the tweet and took down her personal website.
But the publishing house, which didn't respond to an email seeking comment Saturday, swiftly...
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